Review one lawyer's fight vs. Harris County probation officials.
With a sharp crunch that brought children into their front yards to watch, the house, and then the garage behind it, fell under the teeth of a backhoe Saturday, the centerpiece of Mayor Annise Parker's fourth annual Demolition Day. Though members of the Houston Contractors Association have been donating their time, labor and materials to help bring down blighted properties since the 1980s, Parker has grouped many such demolitions into one day to raise awareness of the "cancer" eating away at some neighborhoods from within, as blighted properties enable prostitution and drug use. Another 97 structures have gone through complex legal proceedings - which include owners ignoring multiple demands to secure their properties - and are slated to be razed by the end of July, officials said. "There's an elementary school right down the street from here, so kids have to walk past this house every day," Davis said. Richard Peltier, president of the Houston Contractors Association, said his crew will leave the wrecked house in a pile and put a safety fence around the site.
J.C. Penney Co., under major pricing and merchandising changes, swung to a bigger-than-expected first-quarter loss and said Tuesday it no longer expects to meet its previous profit forecast for the year as it sees more restructuring charges.
Three members of the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court face re-election this year, but two will have to survive primary opponents who accuse the court of becoming too pro-business.
Researchers say they've shown that certain plants have smarts during dry times.
Gov. Rick Perry isn't saying whether he approves of the University of Texas at Austin president whose job was reported to be in jeopardy.
U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has placed her longtime chief of staff on administrative leave.
A Central Texas teenager has pleaded guilty to murder in the 2011 Waco drive-by fatal shooting of another youth.
INDIANAPOLIS - Lance Stephenson scored a playoff career-high 25 points and led a late 11-2 run Saturday night, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York Knicks, 106-99 and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. The New York native also had 10 rebounds and the Pacers were spurred by the return of point guard George Hill two days after he was diagnosed with a concussion. The Pacers rallied after Roy Hibbert blocked Anthony's dunk attempt and Stephenson scored on a layup that started the decisive spurt. The Pacers blew 10-point leads in the second and third quarters and after controlling most of the game suddenly found themselves playing catch-up in the fourth quarter when Chris Copeland made back-to-back 3-pointers to give New York an 89-86 lead with 9:01 to play.
AUSTIN - Texas set a school record for runs in an NCAA Tournament game, routing South Carolina 11-2 in five innings on Saturday to advance to the regional final. Texas A&M eliminated a five-run deficit in the last two innings, earning a spot in the regional finals with a 6-5 win over Baylor in College Station.
Haley Harrison, who had two RBI doubles Saturday, said having that role has helped the Lady Deer. Cinco Ranch (29-9) took an early 1-0 lead after a Deer Park throwing error in the third inning. Payton McBride hit a three-run homer and Harrison added a two RBI double later to give the Lady Deer all they needed. [...] thanks to Harrison's second RBI double, Deer Park took a three-run lead to the home half of the seventh.
Pettitte struck out 10 and threw 121 pitches before being lifted with two outs in the seventh inning. The Vikings senior also did his part at the plate with a single and a run-scoring double. Dulles scored single runs in five of the first six innings and added two more in the seventh.